Scientists have successfully improved the thinking ability in primates through an electronic brain implant in the cerebral cortex. The decision making abilities of the primates were restored, and in many cases improved.
The scientists trained rhesus monkeys over the course of two years to gain a 75% efficiency in a basic image matching game. After mapping the monkeys’ brains with probes in the cerebral cortex, the began step two.
They got the monkeys cranked up on cocaine. No, seriously. While under the effect of the cocaine, the monkeys’ score on the matching game dropped by 20%. But, by stimulating the correct neurons with the probes, the monkeys’ scores returned to the 75% level. When the scientists activated the probes under normal conditions, the scores improved to unprecedented levels.
Scientists believe this is the beginning of truly and permanently helping victims of brain trauma return to their previous selves. It could also lead to hyper intelligent humans.
Don’t be surprised if newborns start explaining quantum entanglement to their parents. That’s just the implants doing their job.
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